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  • Thanks Jason. I'll keep that in mind.
  • I'll look into that, Dakini. Thanks! And thanks to the rest of you as well! These are very helpful responses. Although, I feel like I've already exhausted these ideas. Statictoybox, your point is the one I've been considering the most. Satanists are…
  • That full passage does not mean that one should bake that person a cake and give them flowers. It means not to dwell on hatred. Not to let hatred consume you and never end. But more to let it go. Satanism does not conflict with this. This is an anc…
  • And I will admit that Satanists tend to be overly dramatic in some ways. But I wouldn't take them as being threatening in any way.
  • Christianity is where it got its name, but it's about not being restricted and indulgence (not to be confused with uncontrolled compulsion). And it is big on being kind to people that deserve it (aka - people that are mean to you do not deserve it).…
  • Do you have any specific characteristics to compare to back up that statement? Please. I'm interested in your specific take on the matter.
  • Okay. Awesome. Thanks you guys! Those zafu/zabuton sets look simply amazing. I will lock those away and invest in them in a few years most likely. lol! There is so much variety with what everyone uses. I think I will stick with a floor pillow for no…
  • Thanks guys! I appreciate it. And to address the WHYS... I am a firm believer in reincarnation (and technically rebirth as well). But I am trying to prove to myself that souls exist to support reincarnation, sort of. It's complicated. I know that I …
  • Thanks you guys! I do have one more question on the subject. I DID call the nearby monastery today. A woman that did not speak very much english answered the phone. And... well... that conversation was about as helpful as a screen door on a submarin…
  • qoheleth wrote: » I agree with you and Carl. I mean, to claim one is an atheist - at least it seems to me - is to make a firm decision with finality that there is no God. But no one REALLY knows... except maybe the Christian or Sufi mystics . In a…
  • Thanks guys! I really just wanted a second opinion anyway. I'll be sure to make that call and head over there soon. And thanks for the sarcasm 'TheFound.' Very funny
  • ShiftPlusOne wrote: » Buddhists have traditionally been atheists. However, I don't see Buddhism as some sort of ultimate solution to anything. The only thing stopping you from being happy is you. Buddhism can help, but at the end of the day it com…
  • upalabhava wrote: » Atheist simply means 'without a belief in god(s)'. Thus a belief in 'soul' is only a problem for an atheist if the soul is believed to be a god or from a god. Many people (IMHO, wrongly) conflate atheism to mean rationalism, or…
  • *sigh* I should always address that question first. LOL! Here is the definition of atheism from dictionary.com. a·the·ism    –noun 1. the doctrine or belief that there is no god. 2. disbelief in the existence of a supreme being or beings. …
  • Thanks so much! You guys have helped me so much!
  • Hm... I understand 100% what you guys are telling me now. I really do. I just can't except that one part of it (ending rebirth). It seems to me that that is something that we just can't have any part in, having reached Nirvana or not. But is that ok…
  • Well, it never occurred to me that Nirvana and ending the cycle of rebirth could be the same thing. Nirvana is ending suffering, but that doesn't include ending the cycle of rebirth, does it? Ending suffering? Ending rebirth? Do I have something bac…
  • Thanks! That was fairly helpful. But, do you think there are very many Buddhists that believe most everything else about Buddhism except that you can end the cycle of rebirth this way? After all, Buddhism offers happiness and a nice way of living (w…